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Chicago, IL ( April 2, 2007 ) The Archdiocese of Chicago will join other church groups, organizations concerned with child welfare and civil agencies in observing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to Jan Slattery, whose Office for the Protection of Children and Youth has made materials available to parishes and schools for this purpose.

Students, teachers, parents and staff throughout the Archdiocese will wear blue ribbons, the symbol, since the first Blue Ribbon Campaign in 1989, of this effort to recognize and prevent child abuse. Other materials that define the signs of physical and emotional abuse, identify adult abusers and provide educational activities and opportunities for prayer are posted on the web site of Children Matter Network, a partnership to promote and protect the safety and dignity of children, created by Slattery's office. The web site is

"This national campaign is an opportunity for us to educate our constituents and to remind them that protecting children requires diligence and watchfulness all year long," said Slattery. "We have made it the mission of our newly organized offices, she added, "to concern ourselves with all matters that are harmful to children and to use our expertise to enlighten parents and educators in particular on ways to protect the children in their care from harm of any kind."

The Archdiocese used its hour-long Catholic Community of Faith broadcast today on Relevant Radio 820 AM to highlight their participation in National Child Abuse Month. That broadcast is available for downloading by visiting Additionally, the current editions of all three Catholic newspapers of the Archdiocese, Catholic New World, Católico and Katolik, carry stories with information on this month's special focus and local efforts to protect children.

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